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River School Nondiscrimination Policy

Adopted by Board October 17, 2007

            River School will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, gender, sex, sexual orientation, ethnicity, age or disability in admission of students or any other administration of its policies or programs,   and will provide to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to the students of the school.

            River School will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, gender, sex, sexual orientation, ethnicity, age or disability in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.


River School Records Policy

Adopted by Board October 17, 2007

It is the intent of this policy to make sure River School student records are accurate and complete, and are available to those legally entitled to view them, and to no one else.

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act ("FERPA") provides certain rights to parents and students with respect to the student's education records. If there is a conflict between this policy and FERPA, the provisions of FERPA are binding.


Parents and students may inspect and review the student's education records within 5 days of making a request. Such requests must be submitted to the Director in writing, if so requested by the Director. Parents and students may have copies of the records for the actual cost of copying.


Parents and students may ask River School to amend education records they believe are inaccurate, misleading or in violation of the student's right to privacy.     Such requests must be submitted to the Director in writing, clearly identify the part of the record they want changed, and specify why it is inaccurate or misleading.   If the Director decides not to amend the record as requested, the parent or student will be notified of the decision, their right to request a hearing, and information about the hearing procedure.


River School must obtain a parent or student's written consent prior to disclosure of personally identifiable information in education records except in circumstances permitted by FERPA or other applicable laws. For example, we may disclose records if ordered to do so by a court, or if a school to which you are applying requests them.


River School designates the following student information as directory information that may be made public at its discretion: name, dates of attendance in the school, honors and awards received, and photographs and videos relating to school attendance and participation in school activities. Parents and students who do not want River School to disclose directory information must notify the Director in writing by September 15th or within thirty (30) days of enrollment, whichever is later.


Military recruiters and institutions of higher education are entitled to receive the names, addresses and telephone numbers of students who have authorized this disclosure in writing.


Education records may be disclosed to River School officials with a "legitimate educational interest."   A school official has a legitimate educational interest if he/she needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his/her professional responsibility.   School officials include persons employed by River School as an administrator, supervisor, instructor, or support staff member (including health or medical staff); and students serving on an official committee (such as a disciplinary or admissions.) Educational records will be supplied to the River School Board of Directors if a student or parent is appealing a decision of the Director.


To the extent required by law, or upon the request of a parent or student, River School will send student education records to a school to which

a student applies for transfer, including disciplinary records, attendance records, special education records, and health records (except confidential health records for which consent for dissemination has not been obtained).


Education records shall be kept in a locked, fireproof file in the school office at the River School premises. A record shall be kept of those viewing the files, including the name of the viewer, date viewed, and name of student whose file is viewed.

Electronic copies of the records shall be kept by the office manager in a protected computer file, a secure backup for which is kept at a different physical address approved by the Director.

In the event of the dissolution of River School, educational records shall be transferred to the care of Maine School Administrative District 34, or its successor.

River School Immunization Policy

Adopted by Board October 17, 2007

            The goals of this policy are to help protect your child and all children attending school against disease, and comply with legal requirements of the State Of Maine. For additional information, contact your child's health care provider.

            Students entering River School are expected to show proof of vaccinations by providing the school with a record showing at least the following:

The student's name and date of birth

A minimum of:

1. Five DTP (4 DTP if 4th is given on or after 4th birthday)

2. Four Polio (3 Polio is 3rd is given on or after 4th birthday)

3. Two MMR (measles, mumps, rubella)

4. One of the following:

a. A note from the student's physician stating that your child has had chickenpox.

b. Documentation that your child has had the varicella (chickenpox) vaccine.

c. Results of a blood test that shows your child is immune to chickenpox.

            Exceptions: The immunization requirements of this policy are waived if either of the following is provided to the school:

-A signed parental/guardian waiver form or letter, that indicates your sincere religious belief or philosophical reason for not immunizing your child.


-A letter from your child's healthcare provider explaining the medical reason for not getting immunized.


Expectations For River School Overnight Travel

As Adopted At September 2007 Board Meeting

In order that students, parents, teachers and other chaperones on overnight trips will have a framework to follow, and that everyone will know what to expect, I propose the following guidelines. They are an attempt to find a consensus, and balance individual freedom with responsibility to others, and the River School and larger communities.

1. No one may use or possess illegal drugs or alcohol at school or on any school trip or activity.

2. Students may sleep in groups, in individual bedding, if an adult chaperone is present. All are expected to abstain from sexual activity, and it is the responsibility of the adult(s) present to see that this guideline is followed.

3. Tolerance of "public display of affection" between students is to be regulated by consensus among students and adults present.

4. These guidelines may be altered for a specific trip if all parents, students and teachers know and agree to the alteration, and no illegal actions are allowed.